The best dog names really say something about you and your dog.
They can reflect your style or interests, or their breed or personality.
When there are so many choices, it can be hard to pick just one.
But we've all thousands of ideas to help you, and we've made it even easier by narrowing them down.
Search for dog names by breed, color, country of origin and a host of other categories too.
You'll find heaps to inspire you right here on this page, and lots of links to even more name ideas.
Some of our most popular categories are:
You can search by your dog's size and other characteristics too.
Dog names by breed
To search for dogs' names by breed - click on the images below
Dog names A-Z
Know which letter you want your pup's name to start with?
Then check out our alphabetical list of dog names below!
You will find below, more lists of names in popular categories.
From gender to color, size to breed, and much more besides!
Dog names by color
The color of your dog's coat is often a great place to find inspiration.
For even more dog name ideas just click on the pictures or use the links in the menu. The perfect name for your pup is right here!
- Best Dog Names
- Names For Female Dogs
- Names For Male Dogs
- Popular Names
- Celebrity Names
- Cool Names
- Cute Names
- Funny Names
- Unique Dog Names
- Big Dog Names
- Small Dog Names
- Black Dog Names
- White Dog Names
- Black & White Dog Names
- Brown Dog Names
- Red Dog Names
- Yellow Dog Names
- Tough Names
- Guard Dog names
- Hunting Dog Names
- Irish Names
- Scottish Names
- Good Dog Names
How To Name A Dog
Naming a dog isn’t always a straight forward task.
Sometimes you have a firm idea in your head, which is squashed by the other members of the family, leaving you floundering.
On other occasions you have no idea at all, which can make the job seem quite daunting.
But whatever your situation, don’t worry.
There are simply thousands of options to choose from, and we have a great method of breaking them down into easy to consider batches.
Helping you to draw up a short list of names you love, enabling you to pick to best one from your own personal dog name list.
You will find below a number of lists of names in popular categories, from gender to color, size to breed, and much more besides.
Whether you are looking for a unique choice or a good common pick, let’s get on with the search!
Best Names for a Dog
The best names are of course a matter of personal opinion.
Fortunately there are a few general pointers we can begin with, which tend to work as rules of thumb:
- Choose a name with two syllables or less
- Avoid similarity to other pets/family members/regular guests
- Make sure the whole family likes it
- Don’t use words that might later be used as cues
- Avoid anything with offensive associations!
Short names are easier to use as a recall command, less of a mouthful and less likely to be abbreviated.
Tips for choosing your dog’s name
You will probably find that if you give your dog a long name he or she will end up being referred to by a shortened version anyway.
Try not to use a name that sounds too similar to anyone else you come into regular contact with.
It makes it easier for your dog to see the name as uniquely theirs, and avoids confusion.
Although it’s very disheartening when your family don’t agree with your choice, try and make them involved in the decision process.
Picking a name that you all like will take longer, but will prove a bonding and fun experience.
Names For Female Dogs
Human names for dogs are very popular in some families. We tend to give dogs human names in ours.
A great way to begin is to start looking at baby naming books and websites. Check out the top names for the year.
Girl dog names derived from girl human names are a great start.
Some of our favourites female names are:
Names For A Male Dog
Boy dog names can be selected from lists of baby boy names too. Some of our favorite male names for dogs include:
Popular Names For Dogs
Some common names are enduringly popular for our canine friends.
Popular Male Dog Names
Popular Female Dog Names
Here are some recent celebrity pets you might like to name your dog after:
- Asia (Lady Gaga)
- Baxter (Ryan Reynolds)
- Bo (Barak Obama)
- Daisy (Jessica Simpson)
- Elvis (Pink)
- Hopper (Courtney Cox)
- Lupo (Duke & Duchess of Cambridge)
- Mate (Miley Cyrus)
- Sadie (Oprah)
- Sidi (Orlando Bloom)
Cool Dog Names
Awesome and cool names are once again a matter of personal taste, but generally tend to be shorter names that have fun associations.
Cute Dog Names
Cute names can be adorable. They aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you want the fuzziest, fluffiest, squishiest of names, then these might be right up your alley.
Cute Female Puppy Names
Cute Male Puppy Names
Funny Dog Names
Funny names are one of those areas where taste has a big impact!
You can use an ironic name, like calling your Chihuahua ‘Tank’ or Doberman ‘Fluffy’ or name your dog after a comedy or fun character instead.
Short common human names can be amusing on dogs, as well as the names of other animals.
Unique Dog Names
Unusual names can be drawn from using more old fashioned or traditional human first or surnames, place names. Or names from literature or the arts, architecture or even everyday objects.
The ideas below are of course not 100% unique, but certainly rarer and perhaps more creative than using some more traditional choices.
Unique Male Dog Names
Unique Female Dog Names
Creative names are hard to come by, because for obvious reasons a lot of the ones which work well have already been thought of.
But if you think outside the box, then you might find something that’s both unique and fabulous.
Names For Big Dogs
A big dog deserves a big name. One that reflects their physical status, but also adds a bit of fun.
Of course, tiny pups can sound pretty funny with big dog names too…
Names For Small Dogs
Looking for a name as cute and little as your tiny pal? Or a fun ironic name for your big bruiser of a pup?
Check out these sweet ideas:
Dog Names By Color
Naming your dog can be made easy if you decide to get inspired by the color of their fur!
It’s a great way to give them a name that truly links to them, too.
Names for black dogs
Black might be a very common coat color for a dog, but their name doesn’t have to be anything ordinary.
Here are some ideas inspired by their midnight shade.
White dogs shine from a mile away, with their glossy coats and snowy fur.
Well, unless they get muddy, of course!
Looking for a name that shows off your dog’s fluff even further? Here are some cool ideas.
Who hasn’t looked at a brown coated dog and felt inspired!
From gorgeous chocolates to delicious tipples, your liver pup is sure to inspire some great names.
Red dogs range from almost orange to a fabulous dark rust.
Here are some great names for any shade of red dog.
Wolf names can be a fun choice for breeds of dog who look quite wolf-like. Such as Huskies and German Shepherd Dogs.
These wolf names are all related to the word wolf in various languages, or wolf associated mythology.
Names With Personality
It can be fun to give your dog a name to match their personality, or the personality that you hope they will have.
Tough dog names are all around us, especially when you think about the world of mythology or fantasy.
These strong dog names can be those which give an impression of physical strength, or one which refers to someone with great strength of character, either fictional or historical.
Male Tough Dog Names
Female Tough Dog Names
If the dog name you want is for a guarding breed or guard dog, then a name which reflects the role could include military titles, as well as descriptive words
Some of our favorites include
Hunting dog names can refer to hunting activities, but are often just traditional names or even those that reflect nature and the outdoors.
Some of our favorites include:
Location & Culture Based Dog Names
If your dog originates from a certain country, or you have a strong tie or family history from there, then you might want to give him a name which reflects that area.
Irish Dog Names
Irish names can be either Irish human first or surnames, or even names that reflect something about the country or it’s reputation.
Male Irish Names
Female Irish Names
Scottish Dog Names
There are some wonderful Scottish names, which would suit any dog beautifully. Perfect for anyone with Scottish ancestry or for dogs that originate in Scotland.
You can choose whether to use the traditional spelling or more modern alternatives shown below. There are also several Scottish place names which can be used as great names.
Female Scottish Names
Male Scottish Names
German Dog Names
There are several very popular breeds of dog with German origins. You might like to give your German Shorthaired Pointer or German Shepherd dog a German dog name.
German Names For Boy dogs
German Names For Girl dogs
There are numerous countries, cultures and locations you can look at when picking the perfect name for your dog. Think about your favorite places to visit or somewhere that has meaning to you, and this can provide a great avenue for ideas.
Names By Breed
Lots of people understandably want to give their dog a name that reflects their breed.
With dog breeds that are unusual in their appearance, or have been bred for a specific purpose, this is easier to achieve using descriptive words.
German Shepherd names for example can reflect their loyalty or guarding nature.
Husky names could be picked to describe their wolf-like looks or tireless work ethic.
Labrador names could reflect their enthusiasm and jolly natures.
When naming your dog to reflect this breed, think about the reasons you chose it.
Why did you want a Border Collie or Terrier?
What about their nature do you adore, or aspire to them achieving as they grow?
Good Dog Names
Great names, are those which work well for you and your puppy.
Names that are easy for you to say and them to understand. Names that make you happy to say and happy hear other people repeat.
Here are some of our top all round good names for dogs.
Good Female Puppy Names
Good Male Puppy Names
Good names suit your pet from the day he arrives home until the end of his time with you.
They are lasting, enduring, endearing and possibly have some kind of personal meaning to you as well.
Your dog’s name
Why not let us know which name you picked for your puppy and why? We will keep this page updated with your thoughts and ideas!
Here are some of the great names that our readers have picked for their dogs!
Don’t forget to put yours in the comments box below!
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